Europe’s top figure skaters are ready for the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2019 in Minsk, Belarus (January 21-27).
We are shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of John Coughlin.
For Sofia Prosvirnova (RUS) the 2019 ISU European Short Track Championships summed up all that makes her sport one of the most thrilling rides out there. Dominant displays were jumbled up with dramatic falls, crucial refereeing decisions and healthy slices of luck, all of which resulted in favorites winning, returning warriors surprising themselves and young guns coming to the fore.
Russian Ice Dancers Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin have taken the next step in their career this season.
Host nation’s golden girl, Suzanne Schulting, tastes glory and disappointment, while Hungary’s speedy siblings blow away rivals at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
Pavel Kulizhnikov is the fastest man on skates. In 2015 he beat the 500m World Record in Salt Lake City (USA) in 33.98 seconds. To this date no one else managed to skate the 500m under 34 seconds. The 24-year-old Russian began Speed Skating when he was 12 years old and his talent for the sport was evident from the start. "I appeared to make progress way faster than most other kids", he says.
Verbij wins men's Sprint title, while de Jong enjoys maiden triumph in ladies' Allround, Kramer takes European Allround title and Herzog speeds to Sprint Glory.
When French Pair skaters Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres claimed their first medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018 last March, a dream had come true for them. This bronze medal marked the end of a roller coaster season with highs and lows for the popular French team – and it motivated them to continue, since they had thought of retiring from competing after the Olympic season. It turned out to be the right decision.
Further to the decision of the 56th ISU Ordinary Congress 2016 in Dubrovnik (CRO) to introduce an ISU Athletes Commission and following the election of ISU Office Holders during the 57th ISU Ordinary Congress 2018 in Seville (ESP), the elections for the ISU Athletes Commission are to take place in 2019.
Hungary’s outstanding Liu brothers once again proved too good for the rest as the men’s events at the 2019 ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships finished with a familiar sight: Hungary atop the podium.
Sven Kramer (NED) remains the Allround king of Europe. The 32-year-old Dutchman kept heir apparent and team-mate Patrick Roest at bay to collect his record-extending 10th European Allround title on Sunday. Norway’s Sverre Lunde Pedersen clinched the overall bronze, with experience key on the outside track at Collalbo.
Dutch skater Suzanne Schulting sent the home crowd delirious with delight as she secured the overall title and led her team to relay glory on a high-octane final day of action at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
Vanessa Herzog (AUT) kept her Russian rivals at bay with a superb second 500m to take the European Sprint title in picturesque Collalbo on Sunday. Daria Kachanova (RUS) secured silver, beating the 13-year-old track record in the 1000m on the way, while her compatriot Olga Fatkulina took the overall bronze.
The fevered crowd packed inside Dordrecht’s Sportboulevard arena got exactly what they wanted at the first time of asking with home-town hero Suzanne Schulting powering to victory in the Ladies 1500m, the first final of the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
Dutch sprint sensation Kai Verbij (NED) is top of the European pile for the second time. Having won the inaugural European Sprint Championships in Heerenveen two years ago, the 24-year-old clinched the title again in Collalbo on Saturday. The Dutchman won the first three distances before taking silver in the final 1000m to clinch overall success. Norwegian pair Håvard Lorentzen and Henrik Fagerli Rukke went home with silver and bronze respectively. In the men's Allround tournament Patrick Roest (NED) holds the lead after two distances.